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Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – as a little child (Luke 18:15-17)

download880709476.jpeg“And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” – Luke‬ ‭18:15-17‬

It was a normal thing for the Jews to bring little children to the rabbis to receive a blessing, so it is kind of strange that the disciples would try to stop them. Maybe they thought Jesus was tired and should rest, or maybe they decided Jesus was not all that interested in kids. Boy, were they wrong!

Jesus loves children, and He wants us to be like them in many ways. He wants us to be childlike… but not childish. An unspoiled child illustrates humility, faith, and dependence. A little child is simple, helpless, unaffected, unpretentious, unambitious. A child has a sense of wonder that makes life exciting. They are ever learning and growing. Children are not sinless or naturally unselfish, and they display their fallen nature from the earliest age. But they are nevertheless naive and unassuming.

Children are trusting. The purest trust is that of a child who blindly trusts their parent without question. This is the level of trust and kind of faith we should have in God our Father. A trust that says while we might not know all of the details and the reasons for His actions and plans, we trust His wisdom and heart, and we know that He knows what is best for us.

The Bible says the only way to enter God’s kingdom is to become like a child and be born again. Receiving God’s kingdom like a child means accepting it simply and wholeheartedly so as to turn from sin, receiving Jesus as Savior, relying on Him as Lord, obeying Him as Master, and following Him as your Heavenly Father. Like the old hymn says, “Wherever He leads I’ll go!”

Father, Help us today to be as the little children. Happy and excited to be with You and unashamed of our love and devotion to You. Forgive us when we doubt and worry and get caught up in what we think we know. Help us to fully trust and fully obey that Your will might be done in our lives and Your Glory might be shown through us to this dying world…on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus Name. Amen!

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ~ Matthew 18:10

Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence. ~ Matthew 19:13-15

And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. ~ Mark 10:13-16

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew‬ ‭18:3‬

Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – Luke 17:22-24

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“And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.” ~ Luke‬ ‭17:22-24

Jesus taught His disciples about the coming of the kingdom. He warned them not to dwell so much on His return that they ended up doing nothing else. This is a good warning to all of us. We should look for His return and long to see Him come, but at the same time, we should be busy doing His work for His Kingdom when He comes.

His coming will affect the whole world, so it is foolish for anyone to follow false prophets who say, “He is here!” or “He is there!” Satan knows how to take advantage of our longings and we must be on guard so as not to allow him to deceive us. In this passage Jesus tells His disciples and each of us flat out – don’t follow these kinds of enticing invitations. It is His clear warning! Do not follow!

Jesus’ coming will be as sudden as a flash of lightning. While a study of scripture helps us understand the general characteristics of the time of His coming, it will also teach us that we cannot know the day or the hour. If the Bible tells us we cannot know it is futile to even try to figure it out.

Lord, Help me tonight to be an obedient disciple – ready for Your return and showing that by being about Your business. Open the doors that You would have me to work in and close the doors of distraction. Help me to joyfully get busy building Your Church sharing the Gospel and teaching all things You have commanded. Help me to love as You love…one soul at a time. In Jesus Name! Amen!

“When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” ~ Acts‬ ‭1:6-11‬

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” ~ Matthew 24:27

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” ~ Matthew‬ ‭24: 30‬

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” ~ Matthew‬ ‭25:13‬

Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” ~ Luke‬ ‭12:40‬

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Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – Luke 17:5-6

And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. ~ Luke‬ ‭17:5-6‬

The apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith. Jesus answers them by giving an illustration of what the faith they already have is capable of doing.

The mustard seed is well known for its tiny size. One mustard seed is about the size of a pinhead, if that. It weighs about 2 milligrams. It would take over 225,000 seeds to make one pound. That is small.

The sycamine tree is  known today as a mulberry tree. Jesus uses this as his illustration not because of its huge size but because the roots of a mulberry tree were thought to be extraordinarily strong and deep. It was thought that this tree could stay rooted for six hundred years. Jesus’ word picture is that of commanding a deeply anchored tree to pull itself out of the ground, roots and all ( not merely cut itself off above the ground), and replant itself in the sea.

How many of us have faith as big as a tiny mustard seed? It took more faith than that to pray the prayer of salvation, didn’t it? If we have enough faith to believe in Jesus, and trust Him with our hearts, we have enough faith. Period.

So, if we can uproot a strong, deep rooted mulberry tree, with just a pinhead amount of faith, we can surely uproot our doubts enough to use our faith, can’t we? Well, actually we can’t – by ourselves – but with Jesus we can. His words to his disciples here are that the one having even a tiny amount of faith that is unblemished by doubt can do mighty things for the Kingdom of God.

Father, I thank You for the faith You have given me. Help me to use it Lord for Your Kingdom and Your glory. Help me not to doubt Your Word and Your will. In Jesus Name I pray tonight. Amen.

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Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – Psalm 80 (a flock, a people, a vine)

Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

~ Psalms 80:3, 7, 19 KJV

 

Yesterday I read Psalm 80 in the One Year Bible, and I continued studying it today. One of the greatest joys of my life is studying the Word of God and I hope you find this little bit of study as interesting as I did.

This Psalm is written by Asaph, one of David’s chief musicians. Like David, he was a skilled singer and poet. Psalm 80 is a prayer to God on behalf of Israel and Samaria after they were taken captive by Assyria. I find it interesting and take note when the Word repeats Itself as It does in this passage of Scripture. I also am always looking for similarities and differences in these type of passages.

Similarities –

I see that in every one of these passages Asaph uses the phrase “turn us again.” Turn us again means to “restore us to our former state of blessing and fellowship with the Lord.”  He asks that God cause His face to shine. The “shining of His face” reminds me of Numbers 6:24-26 –

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

 And finally, Asaph prayed so that the people would be saved.

Differences –

It takes a little extra digging to see the differences other than the different names of God. But if we look at the passage in its entirety, we can see that when calling on God, not only does the writer use different names, but also different images to describe Israel, and he makes three different requests that go along with the similar one for salvation.

  1. Psalm 80:1-3

Image: Israel as the flock of sheep.

Request:  Save Your flock. The request here is that the Lord might lead His people through their current crisis as He led them safely through the wilderness, by the Ark and the Cloud.

Name: “O God”

  1. Psalm 80:4-7

Image: Israel as God’s people

Israelites were God’s people, but the Lord was angry with them. During Israel’s wilderness wandering God provided bread from heaven and water from the rock, but the people weren’t satisfied with His provision. They were no longer walking in victory, and this kindled the Lord’s anger toward them.

Request:  Pity Your people.

Name: “O God of hosts.” (He is God of the armies of heaven and earth)

  1. Psalm 80:8-19

Image: Israel as the vine.

The main idea is that Israel is God’s own people, His vine. He planted them in Canaan, and He alone can protect and deliver them. As long as the people obeyed the Lord, the vine grew and covered more and more of the land. But the vine disobeyed the Lord and produced worthless fruit, and so they felt the hand of the Lord against them. He withdrew His protection and permitted the enemy to enter the land and ruin the vineyard.

Request:  Revive the vine.

Asaph prayed that the Lord might forgive His people as they called upon Him and confessed their sins. He asked that God once again bless His people.

This reminds me of 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Name: “O Lord God of hosts.” (Lord is the name “Jehovah” which is the covenant name of God. He was appealing to the covenant).

Prayer

Almighty God, Captain of the armies of heaven and earth, my Shepherd – I come to You today, and I thank You for Your Word and Your reminder that like Asaph we are to intercede for our nation. I ask You Father to forgive us our sins. Forgive us for our disobedience. Forgive us for our neglect of You and Your commands. Forgive us for our arrogance and pride. Forgive our nation for allowing the shedding of innocent blood through abortion.  Forgive us for too often forgetting those persecuted for their faith in Jesus; for not remembering and helping the poorest of the poor that are without food, shelter, and protection in this land and abroad. Bless those greatly that are obedient to love as You love. Forgive our land, and I ask that You turn us again to You. Cause Your face to shine upon us again Jesus, that this nation of the United States of America and all of the world (every tribe and every tongue) that You love and created shall be saved. I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen!

 

 

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Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – Joshua 1:5-7

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. ~ Joshua 1:5-7

In the daily Bible reading today, Moses has died, and God tells Joshua that just as He was with Moses, He will also be with Joshua. God chose Joshua to become the leader of the Israelites, and He expected Joshua to obey every single command He had given…but that didn’t mean that He expected him to do everything exactly as Moses had done. While their lives resembled each other’s, they were different men and leaders.

We often compare ourselves to those people we want to be like or those people we follow after, believing the only way to success is to do exactly what they did in the same way they did it.

“If you do what they did, you can get what they got.”

Though you have likely heard that phrase applied to the path of success, it does not necessarily mean you should or could repeat every detail of someone else’s life. Yes, there are points of similarity, but your predecessor, mentor, or leader did what they were supposed to do. Your calling, though it may be similar, is going to still be different from anyone else’s. Your personality and the way you process things brings an entirely unique perspective, and God designed it that way.

Have people painted pictures before? Of course! However, no one will ever paint quite like you….even if given the same directions, at the same time and with the same materials. Do you follow the life of a particular businessman? Your role model might be highly successful at what they do. They may show you their business plan, but there are likely different business deals to be made that will require a change in the old plan.

And so it was with Moses and Joshua. Two great, successful, similar but still different leaders.

One of the things that stands out to me about Joshua’s leadership is that God told him through Moses and several times after Moses’ death to “be strong and courageous.”

In unfamiliar and uncertain situations, we often feel fear and anxiety and discouragement. We often feel like we can never do a good enough job, especially if we come after someone who has had great success or someone with great personality. But we can learn from this story that we need to be STRONG & COURAGEOUS. The real enemy is not people, tasks or unfamiliar circumstances. The real enemy is fear and discouragement. If you can fight that, then you can face your calling NO MATTER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE!!!

How do we get rid of fear and discouragement? We can draw strength and courage from knowing God is with us, and we can keep it by staying in His word. We must speak it and meditate on it day and night. When we do, faith is generated within that results in strength and courage without.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” ~ – ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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Scriptures to Hide in Your Heart When Worried

 

Let not your heart be trouble

Some of the scriptures that I meditate on when I am feeling overwhelmed by worry.  I have them written on notecards and read them aloud as many times and as often as necessary. The Word of God is alive and active and the Word will break the hold that the enemy has over your mind.  God has proven this to me time and time again. When you speak the Word, you speak LIFE!

Proverbs 12:25   Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Philippians 4:6-7  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:6-8  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Matthew 6:33-34  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Matthew 11:28-30   Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

John 14:27   Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Psalm 55:22   Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Philippians 4:19   But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

John 14:1   Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

Luke 1:37   For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Colossians 3:15    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Jeremiah 17:7-8   Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Psalm 94:19   In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Isaiah 26:3   Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Psalm 23:4    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Romans 15:13   Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost

Proverbs 3:5-6   Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Romans 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Colossians 3:2   Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

2 Thessalonians 3:16   Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.